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Chris Crawford on Game Design by Chris Crawford

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A Lesson for Designers

Herein lies an immensely important lesson for game designers: Design springs from the heart. If all you want to do is screw around with code, you might create some great programs, but you'll never design a good game. Games people bravely talk about their work as art, but what springs not from the heart is mere cleverness; claiming it as art is idle vainglory and pretension. You as a designer must look honestly at yourself. If you measure your manhood by the elegance of your code, then aspiring to game design will only lead you to failure. Seek your grand achievements in the arena of your true love, coding. Game design requires a designer with something to say, a designer with fire in the heart, not just fire in the belly. ...

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